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‘Surgical menopause increases insomnia risk’

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Health Desk: 17th Nov’18: A new study has said surgical menopause leads to increased sleep issues in women as opposed to natural menopause.

Surgical menopause is often accompanied by more psychological and physical difficulties. The increased severity of menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats can disrupt sleep during a time in a woman's life when sleep problems are already an issue; however, only a few quantitative studies have investigated sleep-interfering behaviour in postmenopausal women.

This new study is one of the first to compare sleep-interfering behaviours based on the type of menopause, surgical and natural.

More than 500 post-menopausal women completed questionnaires as part of the study. Women in the surgical menopause group reported significantly worse sleep quality, especially for sleep duration and habitual sleep efficiency, compared with women in the natural menopause group.

The research was published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).